Flirting With Fate (1938)
A show troupe, led by Dan Dixon (Joe E Brown) and traveling in a trailer, is stranded in Paraguay. Dan is all set to be booked in the theatres controlled by Don Luis Garcia until the latter discovers Dan is the man who caused him much trouble in a muddy incident on the highway. Things go from bad to badder when local bandito Sancho Ramirez (Leo Carrillo) falls in love with one of the show girls, Charlita (Steffi Duna). Also stars Beverly Roberts
Run time 69 minutes 27 secondsProducer David L LoewProduction Company David L Loew ProductionsAudio/Visual sound, B&W
Directed by Frank McDonald. Released in 1938. This was Joe E Brown's final film for David L Loew Productions. Complete print.
November 20, 2013
The Last Laugh Is On MGM
After Joe E. Brown was dropped by Warner Brothers, He signed a six picture deal with David Loew, and he freely admitted later that it nearly wrecked his career. This is the last film in the group and it is a bomb. The first 3 were released through RKO Radio in 1937 and they were O.K. The next 2 were released through Columbia Pictures in 1938. This last 1 was released through MGM only because of the family ties the Loew's had to MGM. They controlled it and it was a departure from policy to distribute Independent films, but they released it anyway.
This is a total disaster on so many levels it isn't funny. It isn't funny either. Brown does try to save the material but he's totally unsuccessful. Brown's career suffered and David Loew was out of business until the mid-40's. If you view this film beware, unless you really like things hammed up. Nobody underplays their parts.
Brown tries to be lovable, but in this mess he's hard to take. Leo Carillo? Don't ask.